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The road to a peaceful and fun holiday season starts with a little bit of planning. For the next 6 weeks I am going to share my best Holiday Organizing Tips so you can enjoy the 2016 Holiday Season spending time as you choose and relatively stress free. Sorry I cannot guarantee ‘relative’ free haha!

I also encourage you to comment and share your own ideas of what works for you.

Let’s Get Started

What are the holidays about for you?

Sit and think about this for a minute to really embrace what this time of year is all about for you and your family.

What parts do you love?  What parts stress you out? Do you love entertaining? Do you love to shop for gifts? do you love to bake? Do you love all the beautiful decorations and spending time making your home pretty?

I encourage you to spend time on the things you love to do.  Minimize the time on stuff you don’t enjoy. De-cluttering and clearing out the stuff on your list that you do not need or love to do.

If you do not enjoy baking, then why knock yourself out to make homemade cookies. There are lots of others who  love to bake, so why not enlist their help or go to your nearest bakery for some goodies. I believe that food taste so much better when made with love…so if you are not loving baking, let someone who does do the work…so you can concentrate on what you do love!

Perhaps you love to decorate, so trade some decorating time with a friend who does not like to decorate but loves to bake. Don’t love decorating?  How about having a decorating party with friends that do…you supply the wine and they supply the love and the fun of decorating…it’s a win, win!  (or wine, wine)

De-cluttering and organizing your holiday is all about letting go of the things that don’t serve you or your family…and embracing the things you love. Time is precious, use it for your highest and best interest.

Week 6 Checklist… 

  • Have a Christmas Idea journal or file that is kept every year. This can be an idea file for recipes, décor ideas, gift suggestions, card lists, and entertaining ideas.Start it now and write things down as you think of them!
  • Make a master gift list and holiday budget, this can be used year after year as well.
  • Set up the Holiday Calendar- include events, entertaining, house guests, travel and babysitters needed.
  • Take some time to de-clutter toys, clothes that are out of date and other ‘stuff’ that is no longer used or needed. Making room for new things to come in.
  • Make master list of card recipients and purchase cards/stamps or for those of you that have embraces the new virtual age create an online card and prepare your list to send to.
  • Make any online or catalog purchases so they will arrive in plenty of time.

Here is to an organized, fun, laughter filled holiday season!

xox Kim